Cwesi Oteng Bounces Back With Anthems

Multiple award-winning Christian recording artiste, Cwesi Oteng and his team on Friday September 15 2017 recorded an album dubbed Anthems with Cwesi & FloRiva Inc. It is the maiden album recording in a series of Anthem albums according to the artiste which he believes will take the world by storm in the same vein as greats like Hillsong have done.
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Cwesi who has been silent for the better part of the past 4 years took everyone by surprise when pictures started emerging from his twitter & instagram pages after the recording. Speaking to  Cwesi he said ” this was not our plan to even have an audience for this recording. After being silent for almost four years i did not think it wise to advertise a concert for people to gather to listen to what?. Of course we recorded entirely new songs but my heart for this project wanted to work behind the scenes and bring to my waiting fans a product they will treasure and refer to for their intimate encounters with God”.
“I have never done a project where I felt so out of control.  Everyone on the team knew that a higher hand was controlling and directing everything. The songs we recorded will extend far beyond the beautiful shores of Ghana. I call it Africa’s definition of global music. I see many nations and tribes singing these songs in large gatherings”.
Indeed, from the pictures one senses an intensity in the atmosphere that is beyond words.
Cwesi further asked all his fans and loved ones to join him on social media to help spread the news and details concerning the recording and new path with the Anthems recordings. Just share, he said.
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ADOM PRAIZ 2017 IS DISRESPECT TO GHANA MUSIC INDUSTRY

When the Multimedia Group through its daughter brand, Adom Fm introduced ADOM PRAIZ eight years ago, the whole gospel music industry was elated by the common benefits this platform was going to exude. Gospel artists, industry players, media personalities got involved and it became the talk of town.

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ADOM PRAIZ with no atom of doubt has contributed greatly to the growth of Gospel music in Ghana. It has seen to the economic growth of the music industry as a whole due to its high budget production scale. Over the years the show has been headlined by heavy weight gospel music artists mainly from the United States. These include: Kirk Franklin, Cece Winans, Israel Houghton, Hezekiah Walker and Brooklyn Tabernacle choir with the latter being the 2016 headliner.

The event has year on been beautifully produced. Unfortunately, 2017 doesn’t look good from what I have personally seen so far. To start with, I will like to address the event poster/flier. How on earth did Adom Fm come up with such a design? It is as though the design was created by a primary school student trying his/her hands on some homework assigned by a drawing teacher. I want to strongly believe that this year’s artwork didn’t go through the quality assurance office of the multimedia group before its circulation.  If it did, I call upon Kwesi Twum, group CEO of the multimedia group to review the employment of the staff in that department. The design lacks basic graphic design principles e.g.: element positioning, color harmonization, font choice amongst others.  A look at the flier sends strong signals to my brain causing a migraine!!!

Secondly, in a press release by the organisers of the concert, the headline artists for this year’s event is PREYE and STEVE, Again, another gross disrespect to our local artists. I don’t have any issue with our Nigerian colleagues, I’m a strong advocate for intra-trade of Gospel music on the African continent specifically in the sub-region and these platforms can help to do so. My problem is very simple, PREYE and STEVE are not fit to headline such a landmark gospel event in Ghana. My understanding of a headline artist is an artist who has over the years chalked remarkable success in his/her art/ministry, celebrated by the masses across the nations and has enough works in the public. Are the 2017 headline artists for ADOM PRAISE relevant in the global gospel music industry than JOE METTLE Is? The answer is a big NO!!!! Both headline artists have very few known songs and haven’t chalked a quarter of the success our current Ghanaian Artist of the Year( Joe mettle) has. Why have the organisers pushed Ghana’s current artist of the year into some corner with his name written in some dark and contrasting colors? This is gross disrespect to the Ghana Music Industry and challenges the relevance of the GHANA MUSIC AWARDS. If an artist of the year is unable to headline an event in his own country, then I’m afraid!!!! I suggest that MUSIGHA and the Ghana music awards scheme, look into these matters.

Thirdly, the sudden release of news items concerning 2017 ADOM PRAIZ seems to me as though the project manager woke up one morning and remembered that the event hasn’t occurred this year- like a father forgetting his son’s birthday a day before. It seems Adom Fm is losing grip on ADOM PRAISE and it’s threatening to the music industry. Such haphazard planning should not be encouraged in this industry. I call on all well meaning Ghanaians and all music stakeholders in this country to speak against the headlining acts for ADOM PRAIZ 2017. The headlining artist should be Ghana’s Artist of the Year JOE METTLE and no one else!!! I’m speaking to the very ethics of this industry and I hope I’m heard positively. Let’s celebrate our own Ghana!!!

Story; Nick Solomon

 

The Maker’s House Chapel International REVEALED!!!

WOW!!!! What a feeling? What a church? What an experience? These awe-struck expressions kept darting in my mind as I sat in the loft of the MAKER’S HOUSE CHAPEL INTERNATIONAL last Sunday. No church gathering has been able to satisfy my appetence for quality until my visit to The Maker’s House Chapel. I got to the church almost an hour late(Oh come on!!! don’t judge me, I know you are guilty too) and I must be honest, this is one of the few times I have felt so bad missing praise and worship on a Sunday morning.  Just before the sermon was preached, there stood this gorgeous woman singing a hymn I have never heard but it really ministered to my soul. I immediately knew I missed out a great deal for not being present during praise and worship.

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I was there for a reason. I was there to feed my curiosity. A couple of my friends had visited the church and in sharing their experience, I’ve always believed with no atom of doubt they were exaggerating because I couldn’t bring myself to the reality that a church gathering could be that first-rate. I’ve come to accept that most of these new churches lack genuine doctrine.

Just after the focal bible verse (Psalm 23) for the sermon was read, I knew I was in for a prosperity lecture, and that obviously resonates with the setting I find myself. After approximately 10 minutes into the sermon, my perception started to change. The preacher, Dr. Michael Boadi Nyamekye is a true disciple of Jesus Christ. I have never heard the gospel of Christ preached with so much modern relevance. I have known Psalm 23 from primary school, I never thought its first verse could mean so much to my life as a Christian. I began to realize how theology has limited the power of God in so many churches today. I could literally feel life in the word of God as the man of God preached. I was so ashamed of myself and the pre-formed perception I had about the church and the man of God.

Coming from a Presbyterian background, Communion Sundays will take forever. This wasn’t the case at the maker’s house chapel. Communion took less than 6 minutes. The whole service lasted for two hours and every fragment of it was satisfying and liberating for me. The ushering department is one of the best I have seen so far. Their mode of operations are like that of the secret service in the US. Lol! YES!! Really! The music felt too good that at a point I thought they were miming over a pre-recorded song when they started to sing this old tune at the end of the service ­– “STAND UP STAND UP FOR JESUS”

God deserves the best and I see that kind of quality in the eyes of the Dr. Boadi Nyamekye. After a hardworking week, we want to come to our creator in relief. We want to leave the church on Sunday morning with hope restored, faith uplifted, mental liberation, strength to carry on to do great things and primarily re-energized to live in the consciousness of our lord Jesus Christ. Church Gatherings shouldn’t be a religious gathering or a Sunday ritual. It should be Holy Spirit filled service, bringing freedom, reconciling humans to their source and resourcing Christians for the days, weeks, months and years ahead in wait for our master who art in the heavens.  Reading their mission statement this morning: “to bring awareness about God’s existence to people of all ages and encourage them to learn their own faith”, truly confirms my experience in their gathering yesterday.

It is my prayer that the church’s congregants will truly carry their cross daily and follow Jesus even as they worship in such a cozy ambience. Dr. Boadi Nyamekye is someone I’ve come to admire and I pray his flock given to him by God will listen to his directions as he is also being directed by our father in heaven. If I had the opportunity to make a wish today, this is what it will be:  to meet Dr. Nyamekye in person over lunch and have a personal interaction with the man of God. Quite impossible I guess. These men of God can be hard to find outside Sundays.

Till I come your way again, this was my experience at the Maker House Chapel International. My advise to anyone reading this article, Don’t be too quick to judge what you haven’t experienced for yourself.

STORY: NICK SOLOMON

PRINCE HAKEEM TO UNITE GHANA WITH MAIDEN SINGLE

As Ghana heads to one of its most crucial election, renowned Ghanaian guitarist Prince Matthews popularly known as Hakeem is set to release his new single ‘We are One’.

Speaking in an interview Prince indicated that the only sure way to sustainable development is first, a peaceful environment and a people with a common goal to make it happen. The message of peace and unity is not only needed during election periods but as a nation there is so much we can achieve in a peaceful environment. He also believes that music plays a very significant role in spreading the message of peace.

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The song emphasizes peace with string and vocal expressions. The song is a perfect blend of his unique style on the guitar and passion for music. He is one of the best, if not the best on the strings in Ghana. Gifted with exceptional musical talent Prince has played with musicians including Donnie McClurkin, Vashawn Mitchell, Kwame Yeboah,Isaac Aryee,Nii Okai, Cwesi Oteng, Joe Mettle, Pastor Helen Yawson,Joyfulway Inc, Eugene Zuta,KODA, No tribe, Uche Agu, Irene Logan, Sarkodie,Mary ghansah, Marvin winans, Deitrick Haddon, Michelle Hammond,Micah Stampley and many others.

“We are One” promises to be a binding chorus as Ghana heads to the polls this December.

OPOKU SANAA NOMINATED FOR 2016 BEFFTA AWARDS

Ghanaian renowned bass player and musician Opoku Sanaa has received nomination for the 2016 edition of international award ceremony, Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television & Arts (BEFFTA) Awards.

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The BEFFTA Awards is Europe’s biggest award ceremony celebrating black and ethnic personalities in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts.

The eighth edition of the award ceremony which celebrates under one roof film directors, actors, actresses beauty pageants, musicians, fashion designers, journalists, authors, DJs, models, radio personalities, TV personalities, sports personalities and many others was hosted by legendary Hollywood actor, Dr. Winston George Ellis, and BEFFTA CEO, Dr Pauline Long.

Opoku Sanaa was nominated in the Best Musician Category, while he also competes with Ben Audu, ShekuKanneh-Mason, SaxAngel Gabriel, Mike Aremu, Peter OlatundeAdeshile, NiranObasa, Kelvin Aromana, Martin Chims, Ben Saxxy, Patrick White, Jerry Brown, LekanShobiyi andTerron Murray.

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Sanaa has worked with a lot of musicians within Ghana and beyond aside his Bass Solo career.

He launched his maiden album titled, Sound Optics earlier this year at the Accra Mall which received one of the biggest patronage ever. The album launch had wonderful and renowned Musicians, Producers gracing the occasion including CwesiOteng, Trigmatic, Adomaa, FiifiFolson, Kingzkid, AkesseBrempong, Yaw Boakye, Six Strings, PL Crew and many others.

Sound Optics, the 10-track album, all written and composed by Opoku Sanaa features different artistes and producers from Ghana and beyond. It contains diverse music genres ranging from solemn classical ballads, fusion to Afro-pop which appeal to every kind of music fan. Some of the artistes who lent their skills to the album include Nollywood actress and musician, Stella Damasus and her husband, Daniel Ademinokan, CwesiOteng, Joe Mettle, Giovanni and Trigmatic.

Opoku Sanaa is also the founder and President of PL Crew(African Gospel Music Awards Nominee) and the CEO of Bass Phactory Music Consultancy which organizes the annual Bass Clinic Music Festival in Ghana, one of the biggest music festivals in Africa.

It’s hard to imagine anyone that embraces the joy of music more than him.
Story: Eddy Koomson

DIVINE REVELATION SUPERSEDES HUMAN CALCULATIONS- Dr Randy Osae Bediako

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According to developmental psychologist Howard Gardner P.hD (Harvard University) in his 1983 book, Frames of Mind, human Intelligence is broken down into nine different types namely; Naturalist (nature smart), Musical (sound smart), Logical-mathematical (number/reasoning smart), Existential (life smart), Interpersonal (people smart), Bodily-kinesthetic (body smart), Linguistic (word smart), Intra-personal (self smart) and Spatial (picture smart).
After reading the research finding of Gardner’s theory on multiple intelligence one thing kept me thinking and that is, his inability to discover the most important of all intelligences, the ultimate intelligence, What I call “SPIRITUAL INTELLIGENCE” but as I meditated on this I realised immediately that this intelligence can not be acquired from secular books or human academic institutions. It is not naturally given and so cannot be naturally discerned. This intelligence is not from this earth but from above and thus too high for the natural man to discover, comprehend or even appreciate.

This is the intelligence Adam applied when he was mandated to name ALL the livestock, ALL the birds of the sky, and ALL the wild animals on earth after creation. This same intelligence gave Job an “unschooled man” the ability to manage 7000 sheep, 3000 camels, 500 teams of Oxen, 500 female donkeys, a great number of houses & many servants. Isn’t it amazing how Noah constructed a fully compartmentalised ark that was 137.16 m X 450 ft long, 22.86 m X 75 ft wide, and 13.716 m X 45 ft high in dimensions, a masterpiece that was able to convey two of every kind of living thing on earth long before the advent of engineering. What about Daniel who was found ten times better concerning every matter of wisdom and understanding compared to all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom. Have you ever wondered how Joseph came up with the conservative strategy that saved the entire world from starvation & extinction?. Time would not permit me to talk about David, Solomon, Nehemiah, Jacob, Moses, Abel, Esther, Elijah, Elisha , Our Lord Jesus, his disciples and apostles etc.

The Fantastic News for born again believers is that we operate by Superior Spiritual Intelligence (SSI) as the Good book declares “Christ is made unto us Wisdom -Spiritual Intelligence” 1 Corinthians 3:10.

Beloved, we cannot be categorised neither can the world decipher our intelligence because it is too high for the carnal mind. Hallelujah!! you are a benefactor of SPIRITUAL INTELLIGENCE, Walk in it.‪#‎TongueTalkingBillionaire‬

DR. RANDY OSAE BEDIAKO

MUSIC: MINISTER NEGAR UNCOVERED

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Talk about her tone, her stage presence, her composure, her confidence all put in one urn, you have Minister Negar.  You should remember her from Denzel’s annual concert “Touching God’s Heart” where she led “YES YOU ARE THE LORD” with Minister Danny Nettey two years ago. Although she’s very young,  Negar was actively involved in the birth of contemporary gospel music in Ghana having closely worked with the likes of Rev. Tom Bright-Davies and being a lead singer of Global Gospel Inspirers(GGI),  a group that emanated from Tesano Baptist Church  one of Ghana’s foremost contemporary choirs, made up of young talents.

Growing up she loved singing not really knowing what plans were set for her in the future. Negar began singing in secondary school as a soloist where she sung at Scripture Union programs and at the International Central Gospel Church, Akosombo. She was discovered by a group of young men and women who encouraged her and with the help of the pastor, became a regular minister at the church services of I.C.G.C, Akosombo.

Evolving into a praise and worship leader, she has graciously stood on the platforms of many churches leading God’s people in praise and worship.

She has graced the platforms of GPCC, Heartbeat Music, God’s Family Music Ministry along side other ministers as Alvin Slaughter, Patrick Duncan, No Tribe, Uncle Ato, Denzel Agyemang-Prempeh, Naa Mercy and a host of others.

Desire to Worship, the flagship worship Service of Nissi Music Incorporated, a ministry she started and leads, is held every year. This she has done with some of the finest of GH gospel  musicians:  Eugene Zuta, Joe Mettle, Quesie Boate, Denzel Agyemang-Prempeh, Naa Mercy, Uncle Ato and the PL Crew. Talking about this year’s concert, she says it is unprecedented. She calls it “GRACE EDITION” and its happening live at the Tesano Baptist Church next month June.

Negar Wujangi is also the music director of Tesano Baptist Church.

STORY: NICK SOLOMON

 

KOBBY MANTEY SET FOR DOUBLE RELEASE

In the midst of copious song debuting, Gospel music artist Kobby Mantey is set to make first appearances of two songs come the 17th of May, 2016. Being passionate about delivering excellence in production together with touching messages, Kobby said he has waited for almost four years to outdoor these songs when God gave them to him.

The songs titled JESUS and HALLELUYA is being released on the same day and happens to be the first of its kind in the Gospel music industry in Ghana. A double release seems almost impossible in our system considering the manner our industry is shaped here in Ghana. This is what Kobby has to say about the double release and also what influenced writing of the songs:

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I believe God is leading me to do this, it is the usual in Ghana to release a single but I know God wants me to do something different in the Gospel industry in Ghana And I am convinced that God has a purpose for these two songs considering the Genres and the way there have been produced……..

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HALLELUYA

It is a worship song inspired by the Holy Spirit one morning while I was having my quiet time. The song dropped in my spirit while I was reading Revelation chapter 4 where John on the desert saw a vision of Jesus in Heaven, the Holy Spirit drew my attention to the verse 8 where it says “ Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty who was, and is, and is to come.” Immediately in that moment I started singing in my local language ( Kronkron kronkron ni yen Awurade, Kronkron kronkron ni wo asofo yehowa Halleluya halleluya osoro abofo to hwum se kronkron)

 

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One afternoon I was thinking about the name Jesus and the power He carries, so I decided to write a song that will focus on the man Jesus: my focus in writing this song is to introduce Christ to the young men and women who don’t know Him and also to some of us Christians who are yet to experience Christ and the power in His name. Philippians 2:10-11 says “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”. This song is a fusion of Pop, Hip-hop and a bit of Rock; my target is the youth and anyone who loves these genre of music

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Kobby said by the grace of God he was blessed to have worked with some awesome musicians on his project. These people include: Charley Keyz, Martinson Gyimah, Alfred Wiafe, Prince Hakeem, Evans Kornor, Lord Listowell, Naa Kwaley, Eunice Raguel, Esther Goodwyll, Emmanuel Bludo, Enoch Owuraku.

Niiella,Eunice Coffie and Kingzkid. The two songs were mixed and mastered by Shadrack Yawson (SHA) of WAVEBOX Studios. His project is managed by MAKARIOS MUSIC a new Record label in Ghana.

HOW TO FINANCE YOUR MINISTRY-PART 1

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A major issue confronting the gospel music industry is how to finance their activities. This issue has left a lot of gospel music artists in a dilemma and has led to poor ministry doctrines, carefully planned canal methods of taking fees for ministrations and too many divisions. It has led to breakups, breakaways and caused so many artists and singing groups to emerge. This has weakened Christian testimony in the community.

This issue of finance has led many gospel music practitioners to device many ways and gimmicks of raising funds for so-called ministry work. Some of these methods include pledges/vows, levies, seed faith, borrowings, etc. I know by now you will be asking the question I am expecting you to ask: Is there a biblical correct way of raising money for the purpose of sponsoring Christian events and projects? The answer is YES!!!

This article seeks to show the biblical way of financing your singing ministry and events and can also set for us a pattern of provision for our personal living. I will start by first laying the biblical foundation for divine provisions for anyone God has called into His work. These biblical principles and practices as we will find out exemplified in the lives of those who went before us. I will treat this topic in a series of articles i will be posting every Tuesday.

The first truth we must embrace is that God is the owner of everything and everyone in heaven and earth. Angels, powers, men, women, kings, music, stage, lights, venue etc… (Psalm 24:1,Psalm 50:10-12, Haggai 2:8, Exodus 9:29, Deuteronomy 10:14, 1corinthians 10:26,28. We must understand that our God owns all things and He exercises His sovereign providence over everything. Since He owns everything and everyone,  he rules over everyone and administers everything after the counsel of His own will to fulfill His own purpose. (Daniel 4:17, 25, 32; Ephesians 1:11). He created all things for His pleasure(Rev 4:11).

The above scriptures make clear the divine ownership and authority over all creation.

PSALM 24:1 KJV-The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.

PSALM 50:10-12 KJV– For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the worldis mine, and the fulness thereof.

HAGGAI 2:8 KJV – The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts

It is important to know as a fundamental truth that God owns everything on earth and in heaven. All silver and Gold, Dollars, Pounds, Euro, Ghana cedis, Naira, CFA, all the money in a thousand bank vaults, in your wardrobe at home, your money safe in the office, just as the cattle on a thousand hills; all lands and mineral resources, every skill, competency and human aptitudes and geniuses are all His exclusively. When we embrace and live in the light of this truth, we will know how to depend on His loving providence and submit to His authority in all things. Knowing that we owe our very life on earth to His kind disposition means that all His endowments in our lives must be employed to further His own purpose on earth.

With this premises, I believe you have understood who owns your very life and the gifts you have. It is my prayer that the Holy spirit will reveal the truth in this article to you. Please keep watching this space as i post a continuation of this article here next week. God bless us all!

STORY: NICK SOLOMON
 

 

Niiella Set To Release Her Brand New Single

After months of hard work and dedication finally the super collaboration from Niiella’s camp featuring the one and only 2015 GMA award winning Joe Mettle is here. The title of the song is Obiara Nni Ho and is a simple song that can be sang by anyone. It’s sure to cut across as it’s quite worshipful and yet has a catchy beat.

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The song which simply says there is none like our God in the dialect of twi was written and composed mainly by Niiella and also by Joe who wrote the second verse and helped with the overall arrangement. Niiella says she took inspiration from how good God has been to her and how he has been the constant factor in her life in spite of everything that has happened, nothing comes in comparison to him, hence the words “there is none like you”.

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The song was recorded at Groove House Studios in Kasoa and some of Ghana’s finest musicians came together to make the piece what it is today; namely, Opoku Agyemang Sanaa of “God Can” fame, Emmanuel Bludo, Charlie Keyz and Francis Kwaku Osei the owner of Groove House himself. One of Ghana’s fast rising choirs Overflow assisted with the backing vocals and their MD David JLoopz helped with arrangements also.
The song is set to be released in a few days on the 24th of November 2015. It’s almost upon us. So tell a friend to tell a friend!

Watch the teaser :